Walking up to 3 miles over the course of the day; cobblestone streets, uneven terrain, flat ground. Standing up to 2 hours at a time during field trips. When sampling wines during a tasting, participants have the option to swallow or spit.
At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet with a variety of foods and beverage choices of coffee, tea, water, juice, milk.
At the hotel, our Group Leader will give an expert lecture on the background of Alienor d'Aquitaine. She was one of the wealthiest and most powerful women of the Middle Ages and a key figure in the history of both France and England. We will then head out on foot with a local expert to explore historic Bordeaux, a UNESCO world heritage site. We’ll hear the story of Bordeaux and learn of its importance with special emphasis on its UNESCO-listed World Heritage architecture. From the UNESCO inscription: “The port city of Bordeaux in south-west France, is inscribed as an inhabited historic city, an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble, created in the age of the Enlightenment, whose values continued up to the first half of the 20th century, with more protected buildings than any other French city except Paris. It is also recognized for its historic role as a place of exchange of cultural values over more than 2,000 years, particularly since the 12th century due to commercial links with Britain and the Low Lands.” One of the sights we will see is the cathédrale Saint-André. Eleanor of Aquitaine and French king Louis VII were married at this cathedral in 1137. With its freestanding belltower, this is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Bordeux. This cathedral is also a stop on the Routes of Santiago de Compostela. These routes pass through several regions of France and Spain and are also a UNESCO world heritage site.
At a local restaurant, we'll learn about the importance of the wine trade from a local expert while enjoying a wine tasting and plated meal featuring local products. There will be water served with the meal; other beverages available for purchase.
We will walk to the Museum of Aquitaine where a local expert will take us on an exploration of the museum and give us an overview on the history of the region, from prehistoric times, through the Middle Ages and the slave trade era, to today. As we explore the exhibits, we’ll learn more about the significant role trade played in the development of Bordeaux.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.